By Dora Prieto
November 10, 2018
Lily Allen glided on stage amidst a flashy show of lights, to the delight of the sold-out audience at the Vogue Theatre. The British pop star, most famous for her singles “Smile” and “Alfie” from 2006 album Alright Still, came to Vancouver, on the last stop of her No Shame album release tour.
No Shame, released on June 8, ranges from sad acoustic melodies to pop dance beats. Lily Allen began with “Come On Then,” a moody track equal parts sass and synth, lamenting how much she endures from being a pop star. Opening with this song gave a glimpse into her struggle with fame’s ugly side: ruthless judgement made extremely public through internet tabloids and social channels.
After setting this tone, Allen followed with “Waste”, an upbeat electro pop tune, and continued to dynamically switch between raw emotional lyrics, pop dance beats, and hit single throwbacks.
Halfway through the show, Lily casually remarked “Here’s another old song,” launching into her hit “Smile,” which thrilled the crowd to peak excitement. Lily gave an effortless performance, shimmying across the stage in 6” heels while unleashing her honey- sweet voice in varying degrees of intensity. Another highlight of the show came moments later with unreleased single “Party Line,” which features unstoppable pop beats and her signature ultra-femme vocals.
Allen is a natural, and has been in the business long enough to know how to provide an engaging and authentic experience, while also showcasing the dynamic beauty of her music.